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How To Curl Dreadlocks

Curling Dreadlocks

Before your Shirley Temple-transformation, a few tips on Curler Use:

The smaller the curler you choose, the tighter your curl will be. Never, EVER use Velcro rollers. Ouch. In fact, stay away from anything that isn't pretty smooth. We like flexible sponge rollers, which come in many sizes and lengths and can be easily secured without pins or ties.

A fine, mesh hair wrap is helpful if you plan to air-dry your hair (available at any drug store). It'll hold your hair in place without restricting air flow. Also, you will look like a super cute 60's housewife.

No curlers? Improvise! Soda cans, rag-rolling, pin-curling, braids can all be used. Have fun experimenting! View more dread styles




Step 1 {Gather Your Gear}

Curlers with spray bottle

Step 2 {Tightening Gel}

Starting with damp (not wet!) hair, apply a small amount of Tightening Gel to a few dreads. This will give your curl bit of hold, with the added bonus of helping keep your locks tight.

Knotty Boy LockSteady Tropical Tightening Gel

Step 3 {Curl}

Wrap a few locks around your curler to the root (depending on what you're using, you may only be able to fit one at a time) and secure it closed or tie in place. Continue until all your dreads are wrapped.

Dreadlock wrapped around a curler

Step 4 {Dry}

If you're lucky enough to own a hood dryer, have a seat until those puppies are dry, all the way through. If you don't own a hood dryer, get thee to a garage sale! Of course, you could also wait for them to air-dry or use a hand dryer on a low setting. The weight of still-damp dreads will pull out any curl you've tried to achieve, so be patient!

Hood dryer

Step 5 {Unwrap & enjoy!}

Once you've dried your locks, carefully unwrap your curlers and enjoy all that bouncing new texture!

Curly dreadlocks

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